Gourmet (TV series)

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Gourmet
Gourmet(SBS) Poster.jpg
Also known as Trencherman
Best Chef
The Grand Chef [1]
Genre Romance
Drama
Cooking
Based on Sikgaek
by Huh Young-man
Written by Choi Wan-kyu
Park Hoo-jung
Directed by Choi Jong-soo
Starring Kim Rae-won
Nam Sang-mi
Kim So-yeon
Kwon Oh-joong
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Production
Producer(s) Lee Jin-saek
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Original release 17 June (2008-06-17) – 9 September 2008 (2008-09-09)
Chronology
Preceded by Tokyo Sun Shower
Followed by Tazza
Related shows Le Grand Chef

Gourmet (Hangul식객; RRSikgaek) is a 2008 South Korean television series starring Kim Rae-won and Nam Sang-mi. It aired on SBS from June 18 to September 9, 2008 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.

It was adapted from Sikgaek, a popular manhwa by Huh Young-man, which was first serialized in newspapers in 2002. The TV series explores the theme of cooking through the rivalry between two hansik (Korean cuisine) chefs, as one of them travels around the nation looking for the best ingredients and recipes.[2][3]

Plot[edit]

Kim Rae-Won stars as the warm hearted chef-in-training Lee Sung-Chan, while actress Nam Sang-Mi plays a silly country girl, Kim Jin-soo, who trails Lee with high hopes of becoming a food columnist. Veteran actor Choi Bul-Am appears as Master Oh Sook-soo, Lee's stepfather and the only person who truly believes in Lee's potential.

Sung-Chan is a happy and bright young man who loves to cook. Leaving the heavy responsibility of becoming the head chef of Oh's famous restaurant to his stepbrother, he explores the world of cooking and discovers that he's actually good at it. When Oh announces that he will not choose his own son to become the owner and head chef, cold-hearted jealousy and competition arise.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Kang Nam-gil as Director Han (Jin-soo's boss)
  • Jung Jin as Ja-woon
  • Shim Yang-hong as Director Yoon (Joo-hee's father)
  • Kim Ae-kyung as Madam Jo
  • Lee Won-yong as Jong-goo
  • Lee Won-jong as Dal-pyung
  • Hoon Ki as Ki-jung
  • Kim Sun-hyuk as Sang-ki
  • Choi Jae-hwan as Seok-dong
  • Do Yoon-joo as General manager
  • Kim Hye-jung as Manager Kang
  • Yang Taek-jo as President Seo
  • Kim Sung-kyum as President Jang
  • Lee Ki-young as Matsumoto Junichi
  • Jung Young-sook as Soon-boon (Seung-geun's friend)
  • Jo Sang-goo as legendary butcher Kang Pyun-soo
  • Choi Song-hyun as cooking contest MC
  • Jang Moon-seok as towing truck driver
  • Choi Jae-kwon as Sung Sik-gaek (Sung-chan's friend)
  • Yeo Jin-goo as Ho-tae
  • Kim Da-in

Episode ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2008-06-16 Special 6.5% 7.5%
2008-06-17 1 13.2% (5th) 13.9% (5th)
2008-06-17 2 16.1% (3rd) 17.5% (3rd)
2008-06-23 3 16.4% (4th) 17.7% (2nd)
2008-06-24 4 16.0% (3rd) 17.3% (2nd)
2008-06-30 5 16.4% (3rd) 17.0% (3rd)
2008-07-01 6 18.3% (2nd) 19.4% (2nd)
2008-07-07 7 18.1% (3rd) 19.3% (2nd)
2008-07-08 8 20.2% (2nd) 20.7% (2nd)
2008-07-14 9 18.9% (3rd) 20.1% (2nd)
2008-07-15 10 20.7% (2nd) 21.8% (2nd)
2008-07-21 11 22.0% (2nd) 23.5% (1st)
2008-07-22 12 22.4% (2nd) 23.3% (2nd)
2008-07-28 13 21.7% (2nd) 21.6% (2nd)
2008-07-29 14 23.5% (2nd) 24.4% (1st)
2008-08-04 15 20.7% (2nd) 21.1% (2nd)
2008-08-05 16 23.4% (2nd) 23.8% (2nd)
2008-08-11 17 23.5% (2nd) 24.0% (1st)
2008-08-18 18 22.1% (2nd) 23.0% (2nd)
2008-08-25 19 23.3% (2nd) 23.9% (2nd)
2008-08-26 20 22.9% (2nd) 23.0% (2nd)
2008-09-01 21 20.6% (3rd) 21.5% (2nd)
2008-09-02 22 19.1% (2nd) 20.5% (2nd)
2008-09-08 23 20.5% (3rd) 21.2% (3rd)
2008-09-09 24 26.7% (2nd) 27.9% (1st)
Average 20.3% 21.1%

Source: TNS Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2008
2nd Korea Drama Awards
Best Drama Gourmet Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Kim Rae-won Won
SBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Kim Rae-won Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Kim Rae-won Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Special Planning Drama Won Ki-joon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama Kim So-yeon Won
Kim Ae-kyung Nominated
Best Young Actor Yeo Jin-goo Won
Top 10 Stars Kim Rae-won Won
2009
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Director (TV) Choi Jong-soo Nominated

DVD release[edit]

The television series was released on DVD in November 2008 by YA Entertainment in two-volume boxed sets. Each volume included four discs, with Korean audio and English-language subtitles.[4]

International broadcast[edit]

It aired in the Philippines on the GMA Network beginning July 18, 2011.[5][6]

It aired in Thailand on Channel 3 every Monday to Friday at 1.40 p.m. starting from August 14, 2012.[7]

See also[edit]

Le Grand Chef - 2007 film based on the same manhwa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Grand-Chef-Vol.-1-Disc-1/70109257?trkid=226871
  2. ^ Han Sang-hee (10 June 2008). "Sikgaek Brings Korean Cuisine Back to TV Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  3. ^ Kwon Mee-yoo; Han Sang-hee (8 January 2008). "Dramas Feature Professionals, Comics". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  4. ^ "YA Entertainment To Release Korean TV Drama Gourmet on DVD". ClickPress. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  5. ^ "GMA-7 airs Gourmet beginning July 18". GMANetwork.com. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Get a sweet taste of love in GMA-7's afternoon Koreanovela, Gourmet". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  7. ^ "เรื่องย่อ ยอดเชฟ กุ๊กมือทอง". Kapook.com (in Thai). Retrieved 12 January 2016. 

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